AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Safri Ready For Bradford Debut
Coventry City’s new signing
Youssef Safri is set to make his debut for the Sky Blues at
Bradford on Friday night.
The Moroccan international
midfielder completed his move to Highfield Road this week after
receiving a work permit and could take his bow in the clash at
City boss Gordon Strachan has
confirmed that he will be in the squad for the crucial match
against fellow relegated club Bradford City after the Sky Blues
received clearance from the Department of Employment.
And the 24-year-old is expected
to start after Strachan was extremely critical of his
midfielders after Sunday’s defeat at home to Wolverhampton
Safri, who arrives at Highfield
Road on the strong recommendation of former Coventry star and
compatriot Moustapha Hadji, is looking forward to the hurly
burly of English football.
“I am very happy to be in
this country and very happy to be here at Coventry.
“I have seen quite a lot of
English football and it is one of the most attractive games in
“I am impressed with the
power and the rhythm of the leagues in England and I hope I
can prove my worth to the team and show what I can do.”
Safri also took advice from
Youssef Chippo before making the move to Coventry and says he is
looking forward to forging a partnership with his fellow
countryman in midfield.
But Chippo’s disappointing
performance against Wolves last week could mean he is the man to
make way for Safri in the starting line-up.
Strachan, however, was keeping
his cards close to his chest on team selection for tomorrow
“Youssef Safri will be in the
squad tomorrow night and will play some part.
“He has two good feet, he can
shoot and he has aggression. He is also in the habit of
passing to his team-mates.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Paul Telfer
is still mulling over a new contract at Highfield Road as he
recovers from a broken leg.
And chairman Bryan Richardson has
hinted that the Sky Blues are not willing to pay the Scottish
international as much as he was earning as a Premiership player.
“We have made him an
offer and Paul is thinking about it. There is a limit to how far
we can go – salaries are huge and we have got to be careful.”
Leicester City, Charlton Athletic and Bolton
Wanderers are all reported to be interested in the 29 year old Scot
who has played 200 times for the Sky Blues in his six-year stay.
And the Sky Blues
reserves lost to Southampton in their opening encounter of the
season at Highfield Road last night.
Gary McSheffrey, Jairo
Martinez and Laurent Delorge all failed to take opportunities
allowing the Saints to run out 2-0 winners thanks to strikes from
Scott McDonald and Adam Wallace.
Gary Montgomery, Marc Edworthy, Tomas Antonelius, Craig Strachan,
Barry Quinn, Calum Davenport, Laurent Delorge, Gavin Strachan, Jairo
Martinez, Gary McSheffrey, Ivan Guerrero
Subs not used: Richard Spong, Per Fahlman,Craig Pead, Robert Betts,